Tuk Tuk Cha

Update: This business has ceased its operations.

While shopping at Sunway Pyramid, we noticed a drinks kiosk at LG2 floor called Tuk Tuk Cha. At its front, there is a mock auto rickshaw called "tuk-tuk" (ตุ๊กตุ๊ก). This mode of transportation is very popular in crowded cities like Bangkok.
Tuk Tuk Cha serves Thai-style drinks such as milk tea and milk coffee. The drinks are served cold but most have hot versions too. Toasts are also listed on the menu but we did not try them today.
The hot version of Thai Milk Tea (ชาร้อน, RM3.90) is dominated by creaminess of milk. Although the drink is satisfying, I am unable to appreciate the distinctive aroma and taste of Thai tea. In terms of sweetness, I think the drink is just right where I wanted it to be.
Address: LG2.08, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 019-989-8169
Business hours: 10:00am-10:00pm

Ăn Viet

Ăn Viet is a Vietnamese restaurant in Sunway Pyramid. This casual dining eatery specializes in home-cooked Vietnamese dishes. On weekends, the shop is packed with customers especially during peak hours.
Phở Gà Set (RM19.90) is a soup dish with bánh phở, a type of flat rice noodle that resembles shahe fen (沙河粉). Unlike the usual beef recipe, this soup is derived from chicken broth. The soup also contains tender slices of chicken. I think the beef version is tastier, but this still works for people who do not take beef.
Bean sprouts are meant to be blanched briefly in hot soup so that they remain crunchy. In addition, red chili and lime serve to enhance the soup's appeal. Other side dishes are Vietnamese spring roll (gỏi cuốn), chicken meatball and salad (nộm).
Another dish that we tasted today is Sườn Nướng (RM16.90) or grilled pork ribs. The pork is still reasonably juicy at the center. This dish is supposed to come with clam soup but it is not available today, so a bowl of sour soup (canh chua) is served instead. Also included are Vietnamese spring roll, salad, fried egg and rice.
Moving on to drinks, Cà Phê Trứng (RM8.90) is an interesting Vietnamese egg coffee. Invented in Hanoi, this drink was meant to overcome the shortage of milk during the First Indochina War. The main ingredients are drip coffee, condensed milk and egg yolk. There is an additional layer of egg cream on top.
Sinh Tố Mít (RM10.90) is an ice blended smoothie made from actual jackfruit (nangka). The distinctive aroma and taste of jackfruit are present in this refreshing drink.
Ăn Viet promotes the virtue of not wasting food. To this end, the restaurant allows customers to customize their rice or noodle serving sizes at no extra charge. Besides this outlet, Ăn Viet has another restaurant at The Gardens Mall.

Address: LG2.127, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-5611-2226
Business hours: 11:00am-10:00pm (Monday-Friday), 10:00am-10:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)


Special thanks to Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant for extending this food review invitation.

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant is a Singapore-based German restaurant chain. There are currently two outlets in Malaysia: in Mid Valley Megamall and Sunway Pyramid. The restaurant specializes in authentic German food with emphasis on Bavarian cuisine. The German word "Brotzeit" literally translates as "bread time" - referring to a traditional Bavarian meal that consists of bread, cheese, sausages, smoked meat and pickles.
The Mid Valley Megamall outlet is located at the exterior section of the mall, facing The Gardens Mall just across the road. The restaurant presents a lively ambience with wood as the primary theme. Customers may also choose al fresco dining, or opt to be seated at the bar where a wide range of Paulaner beers flow from the tap.
Adapting to the modern lifestyle of Kuala Lumpur, Brotzeit offers a breakfast menu which is available around the clock. One of the most popular choices from this menu is the Brotzeit Signature Breakfast (RM32.50). Although meant for one person, the portion is remarkably huge for most people.
The main highlight of this breakfast platter is the Nürnberger Bratwurst. A renowned delicacy from Nuremberg, the pork sausage is served over a bed of kartoffelpüree (mashed potatoes). This wholesome potato dish is made by hand. On the side are two fried eggs that are cooked sunny side up.
Ham, cheese and cherry tomatoes are prepared over two slices of multigrain bread. Streaky bacon and fried onions are presented on the side. The platter is further garnished with chopped scallion, lettuce and arugula (rocket salad). On a separate saucer are 3 types of sauces: mustard, ketchup and honey mustard.
Each breakfast meal includes a hot cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of chilled fruit juice. Coffee is brewed from Caffè Vergnano beans from Italy. It comes with a butter cookie on the side.
Schweinshaxn (RM105.00) is undoubtedly the most recognizable dish from Bavaria. The name is spelled in Bavarian slang, for the proper German word is "Schweinshaxe". This dish calls for the hind leg of the swine; the front limb is seldom used because it is way too lean.
The pork knuckle needs to be marinated upfront to allow the flesh to tenderize. Then, pork is roasted at a low temperature to allow the surface to become crispy without getting burnt. Once cooked, Schweinshaxn has an interesting combination of crispy fatty layers, soft lean meat and jelly-like cartilage. The overall taste is simply heavenly. Scrumptious dishes like this are few and far between.
As per tradition, Schweinshaxn is typically served with sauerkraut and kartoffelpüree. Lettuce, arugula and pickled cucumber are used as garnish. The pork is best enjoyed with gravy. Two types of gravy are presented. The former is the traditional one that is usually served in Germany; the latter is more flavorful and therefore more suited to the local palate. This popular pork knuckle dish is meant for 2 or 3 persons, but half portion is also available for RM68.00.

Germans are known for their affinity for beers. Biermischgetränke is a popular choice among casual drinkers. These beers are mixed with carbonated water in order to reduce their alcohol content. Nevertheless, they still maintain their refreshing character.
Interesting choices of Biermischgetränke (RM33.00 for 500 millilitres) are Apfelbier (Münchner lager with apple juice), Affensaft (weißbier with a mango juice), Russ'n (weißbier with lemonade) and Radler (Münchner lager with lemonade). Radler means "cyclists" and was originally formulated for cyclists.

Brotzeit has an affordable lunch menu which is available from 11:00am to 3:00pm every day - except on Sundays and public holidays. Daily Roasted Pork (RM22.00) is the bestselling dish from this menu. Dressed with delectable gravy, juicy slices of pork are gently rested over a bed of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, is a traditional Eastern European food that originally served to preserve vegetables over winter.
Each item from the lunch menu comes with a bowl of tagessuppe (soup of the day), which turns out to be pumpkin soup today. The soup's flavor is quite balanced and does a great job in drawing appetite. A slice of sourdough bread on the side goes well with the soup. The meal also includes a glass of ice lemon tea.
Meanwhile from the dinner specials menu, Quarter Ribs With A Twist (RM57.00) is a great choice for pork lovers. The delicious pork ribs, 5 or so pieces, are marinated with honey and grilled to golden perfection. Thanks to the fine balance between lean and fatty flesh, the ribs are succulent down to the very bones.
The pork ribs are served with schwenkgemüse (sautéed mixed vegetables) and kartoffelhappen (spicy potato wedges). The accompanying saucer of pork gravy is meant to go with pork ribs, but I feel that it also works well with the wedges.
Brotzeit has a wide selection of Paulaner draft beers - all imported from Germany. At Paulaner, beers are brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, commonly known as the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. According to this regulation, beer must be produced from malt, hops, yeast and natural spring water only. It is difficult to find a drink more natural than this.
For novice drinkers, the Paulaner Bier Sampler (RM35.00) offers 4 types of Paulaner beer to begin with. Served on a wooden sampler tray are chilling glasses of Original Münchner Urtyp, Hefe-Weißbier, Original Münchner Dunkel Lager and Dunkel Hefe-Weißbier. Paulaner beers contain around 5% alcohol content, which is sufficiently low to appeal to casual drinkers.
Should customers prefer salad, Backhendlsalat (RM52.00) is a sound choice. The bowl of salad comprises of crispy chicken fillet, kartoffelsalat (potato salad), arugula, lettuce, cucumber, semi-dried tomato and sweet corn. This chicken salad is held together by pumpkin seed oil and tangy dressing. Finely-chopped rosemary helps to elevate aroma. If the serving size is too big for comfort, ask for a smaller portion for RM37.00.
As for alcohol-free beer, try a bottle of Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Alkoholfrei. Using de-alcoholization techniques, alcohol content is reduced to trace amounts without affecting the taste too significantly. This alcohol-free beer goes particularly well with soups and salads.
Moving on to desserts, Weißer Lavakuchen (RM25.00) is the chef's interpretation of chocolate lava cake. Made from white chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar, the cake enjoys soft texture with a subtle layer of crisp on the surface. Meanwhile, the interior of the cake remains runny. Viscous liquid chocolate oozes out as soon as the outer layer is punctured.
The chocolate lava cake is served with chocolate sauce, icing sugar, blueberry sauce and juniper berry sauce. Overall, the individual components integrate well with one another, presenting a scrumptious treat after a satisfying meal.
Name: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
Address: G(E)-018, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2287-5516
Business hours: 10:00am-12:00am (Sunday), 11:00am-12:00am (Monday-Thursday), 11:00am-1:00am (Friday-Saturday)
Website: http://brotzeit.com.my
Coordinates: 3.11878 N, 101.67734 E
Directions: Brotzeit is located at the Ground Floor of Mid Valley Megamall. The restaurant faces The Gardens Mall and is sandwiched between Grand Harbour and Reminisce. Mid Valley Megamall provides parking at the Basement levels.

Jin Xuan

Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong (锦选香港特极点心) specializes in Hong Kong-style dim sum (香港点心). Although this popular restaurant in Kuchai Lama spans 4 contiguous shops, it may be difficult to find a vacant table especially during weekends.
Jumping straight into business, we tried the Steamed Spare Ribs (蒜茸豆豉蒸排骨, RM5.50) as recommended on the menu. The juicy pork ribs are flavored with fermented soybeans (豆豉). A commendable dish right off the bat.
In addition, we also ordered Har Gaw (顶好虾饺皇, RM5.50) and Siu-Mai (一级烧卖, RM5.50). Both are pretty good too, although it is not difficult to find similar quality elsewhere.

Deep Fried Turnip Cake (煎萝卜糕, RM5.50) is made from daikon, rice flour and corn starch. The "cake" is steamed and then fried until it becomes crispy. In my opinion, the turnip cake is slightly too greasy for me.
As for Golden Egg Tart (窝蛋焗蛋挞, RM5.00), the egg custard is truly delectable. I also appreciate the tart's flaky puff pastry.

Shrimp Rice Rolls (鲜虾软滑肠粉, RM6.00) consist of steamed rice sheets filled with shrimps. The dish is served with light soy sauce and bok choy (小白菜). XO sauce (XO酱) is provided on the side. I think the rice rolls would have been nicer if the rice sheets were not so thick.
One of my favorite dishes this morning is Tasty Lo-Mai-Kai (荷香糯米鸡, RM5.50). The glutinous rice is cooked with chicken, shiitake mushrooms (香菇) and Chinese sausage (腊肠), making this dish a very satisfying treat. Lo-Mai-Kai is traditionally wrapped and steamed in lotus leaf.
Thousand Year Egg & Pork Congee (皮蛋瘦肉粥, RM5.00) is an essential element in Hong Kong-style dim sum. Rice porridge is enhanced with savoriness of minced pork and century eggs, making it very tasty indeed. Also included are youtiao (油条), chopped ginger and scallion.
Given my favorable assessment of its dim sum, it is no surprise that Jin Xuan is well-received by the endless flow of customers. According to its website, the restaurant has another 3 outlets around Klang Valley.
Address: A32, Jalan 1/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-7982-6812
Business hours: 7:00am-12:00am

Go Noodle House

Special thanks to Go Noodle House for extending this food review invitation.

Go Noodle House (有间面馆) opens a new outlet in Queensbay Mall. Occupying the former premises of Kopitan Classic on Level 3, Go Noodle House is sandwiched between Seoul Garden and Tokyo Secret. This restaurant marks this chain's second branch in Penang - after the one in Gurney Plaza.
Superior Soup (三鲜汤) is the restaurant's specialty. The soup is stewed from several types of fish bones. To enhance flavor, the soup is also infused with a substantial amount of huadiao wine (花雕酒). Saturated with tantalizing flavors, Superior Soup is gratifying to the very last drop.
Superior Soup goes well with mi xian (米线) because the thin noodle absorbs soup more easily. This bowl of Superior Soup With Home Made Fish Paste (三鲜汤手打自制鱼滑, RM10.50) contains delectable pieces of fish paste.

I have not had the opportunity to try the Home Made Spicy Soup (秘制辣香汤) previously, so it is high time to do. This soup has stronger flavor than the Superior Soup. Its spiciness tantalizes the palate from a different approach. It is subjective to say which of these two soups is better. But I can say for certainty that both soups deserve commendation.
Bee hoon (米粉) is the recommended choice of noodle for Home Made Spicy Soup. For this bowl of Home Made Spicy Soup With Bursting Meat Balls (秘制辣香汤浆爆丸, RM10.90), the meatballs are filled with minced pork that oozes savory juice as soon as the outer layer is punctured. As tasty as the meatballs are, use caution because the fillings may be very hot.

Most of the restaurant's meat ingredients are prepared at Go Noodle House's central kitchen to ensure consistency. They can be ordered with noodle or in individual portions. As recommended by the staff, Pork Balls (猪肉丸, RM9.10) also deserve special mention.
Go Noodle House has 3 types of pan mee: thick (粗), thin (幼) and torn by hand (手撕). All 3 types are made from the same flour-and-egg dough; the only difference is how the dough is cut. I personally prefer the torn version where the dough is steamrolled and plucked into thin, bite-size pieces. In any case, pan mee is boiled in hot water until it becomes sufficiently soft.
Trio Special Dark Sauce Pan Mee (祖传鲜油干捞板面, RM9.50) is served in a paw-shaped plate. In this version, noodle is served with sweet-savory dark sauce, kombu (海带) and amaranth (苋菜). Side items include fried onions (油葱), anchovies (江鱼仔) and minced pork (肉碎). As this noodle dish is dry, it is accompanied by a bowl of soup with fish paste.
As for drinks, Herbal Tea (红枣枸杞茶, RM2.80) and In House Pu Er Tea (糯米香普洱, RM2.30) are recommended. These drinks can be served either hot or cold.
In my opinion, the main selling point of Go Noodle House is its Superior Soup recipe. Considering its location in a popular shopping mall, the restaurant's food pricing is reasonably affordable. If you have been turned off by the long queue at the Gurney Plaza outlet, this Queensbay Mall branch serves as a viable alternative.

Name: Go Noodle House (有间面馆)
Address: 3F-01A, Queensbay Mall, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: N/A
Business hours: 10:30am-9:30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/gonoodlehouse
Coordinates: 5.33497 N, 100.30623 E
Directions: Go Noodle House is located on Level 3 of Queensbay Mall, sandwiched between Seoul Garden and Tokyo Secret. Queensbay Mall has a multilevel parking garage and several outdoor parking spaces.